Late last summer, I had an aphid infestation in my inside garden, so I ended up losing everything I had been trying to grow. I have trashed everything associated with the aphids and am hoping I am done with them for this year. The inside garden was turned off for the winter to save on electricity. I have started anew with some new seed. I am using jiffy pellets, 1 seed to a pellet, using the seed I had on hand, not buying new unless I have to.A closer look at the plants. Seeds were planted...
Well the greenhouse made it through the winter with just a few scratches.Later that day after the snow had melted some.I have survived the winter with an intact greenhouse, On the right end,of the GH, I had partially replaced the plastic with Suntuf panels. The other end is going to be rebuilt and I am planning on another 8 foot section to the greenhouse. I am going to overlap the Suntuf panels so there should be little or no leakage when it rains. The right end will be permanently closed as ...
I wrote this blog post earlier this spring before I joined Garden Tenders. It is my construction process of how I built the raised bed and traced them into the hillside. My wife also had a good time making fun of me and my rototilling technique. You can read the whole story on my blog Building Terraced Garden Boxes
I had been chugging along through the winter, not much was happening with the Inside Garden. The pepper plants were pale and leggy, not doing much for bearing fruit. I thought I was doing everything right or was I? Then one day I saw two of the T5 HO Fluorescent bulbs were burned out, so they needed replacing. So in my search to find some new bulbs, I came across this urban grow shop, that sold everything for growing marijuana and then some. I ask for some new bulbs and the guy says...
Computer jobs √Housework …. procrastinating by taking a walkabout around the front yard! (joined by a platoon of mosquitoes, I might add) Isn’t this a beautiful tulip? I wish I knew the name—I’d buy dozens of them for my yard! (I know .. just look for a matching picture.. now to remember this in the fall) A surprise find—my last daffodil And my one and only lilac bloom—which I could smell from quite a distance! Here i...
Last year I had ordered some plants from Whiffletree Nurseries and they weren’t available. I was contacted this spring to see if I was still interested. “Why not”, I asked myself. Yesterday, Rick and I headed up to their nursery to pick them up (rather than having them delivered). Before I get to the purchases I have to tell you about our trip—we had no idea where we were going other than a printed google map that I printed out (which wasn’t a lot of help actu...
I went for my daily walkabout this morning (oh how nice it is to be back to daily walks through my gardens) and, as always, there were many things to catch my attention. First of all here is one of my Golden Dogwood babies that I transplanted—this one is from two years ago, I think. It is getting so big. I think I have 4 other babies that survived this past winter and the chickens (so far). Apple Fence: here is proof of survival. In a week or so I should be able to see how many o...
In 2013, I grew Hopi Blue Dent corn. I ordered one package from a small company in Maine, Pinetree Seeds. I planted the corn in the garden area at the top of sunny southern slope, in the piece of land where my sons had grown potatoes last year. At the end of the season, we had covered the ground in cardboard and a thick layer of goat hay bedding mulch. Given the thick covering we had created, I thought that starting them indoors and transplanting them outside would be a good idea. The on...
I have been educating myself about breeding vegetables and saving seeds this winter. As I was reading Suzanne Ashworth’s book, Seed to Seed, I stumbled across an explanation for bitterness in cucumbers. The cucumbers I grow often taste a bit bitter so this information really caught my attention. The bitterness in cucumbers is caused by chemical compounds called cucurbitacins. Cucurbitacins are toxic to humans and the bitterness is a warning not to eat them. According to Ashworth,...
Oh-Oh, So far we have had a brutal winter, my northern friends have had it a bit tougher. I was going to wait till spring to mention this, but it’s January, I know the sun is starting to get higher in the sky, well at least in my heart it is. But, I should not spare you the events that have happened. So, I am going to spill the beans. We had this ice storm, I had thought we had survived it ok, but when I went out to look, I found the vinyl covering had been torn in several places...
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